What are the rarest LEGO minifigures?

Everyone knows Mr. Gold fetches a pretty penny online, but he’s far from the rarest LEGO minifigure out there. Just ask Shawn Storoe, the man behind minifigpriceguide.com. Or, better yet, let us do the hard work for you by picking up the latest issue of Blocks magazine.

In a special in-depth feature, we chat to Shawn about how he built the Minifigure Price Guide, what constitutes a truly rare minifigure, and how collectors manage to get their hands on them. Some of these tiny plastic people are so ridiculously rare that they don’t appear for decades after they’re manufactured, while others can command eye-watering five-figure sums.

We’ve also spoken to LEGO minifigure fanatic Samuel Burkhardt, who you might know on Instagram as @rarest_lego_minifigures. Samuel currently owns a handful of those ultra-rare characters, including some highly sought-after metal Star Wars minifigures. Samuel reveals how he started amassing his one-of-a-kind collection, and gives a few tips on how you can get started.

To find out more about the world of rare minifigure collecting, you’ll need to order a copy of Issue 69. Alternatively, check out our subscription deals, which can be started with Issue 69. Subscribers get the magazine early, free copies of the mag, and exclusive entry into our bi-monthly subscribers’ prize draw. Signing up between now and September 1 will put you in the running for 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck.

How LEGO Monkie Kid adapts Journey to the West

Monkie Kid is the LEGO Group’s latest big bang launch, intended to cater specifically to its fastest-growing market: China. That doesn’t mean the sets are off-limits for everyone else, though, as you can now order them from LEGO.com wherever you are in the world. But if you’re not familiar with the Chinese tale of Journey to the West that inspired the new theme, you might find some of the characters and designs a little bizarre.

Fortunately, Blocks magazine is here to help. In our latest issue, which is now available to order (and, as shops reopen around the world, available to buy at all good stockists), you’ll find everything you need to know about LEGO Monkie Kid. As well as a primer on Journey to the West, we’ve gone behind the scenes on the theme’s development with Senior Design Director Simon Lucas, who also spearheaded the incredible The LEGO NINJAGO Movie range.

In a special eight-page feature, Simon reveals how he took his design team to Shanghai to learn more about Chinese culture, how a 500-year-old novel is still instantly recognisable today, and how the LEGO Group came up with its eponymous character. We also dig deep into the origins of all the LEGO characters, including the surprisingly dark backstory behind Pigsy.

That’s not all, though, as we’ve also spent time chatting to LEGO designer Justin Ramsden about how he brought 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech to life. The enormous mech boasts the largest quantities of drum lacquered gold elements of any LEGO set, but Justin also reveals how another rare LEGO colour worked its way into the model. It’s all illustrated with exclusive behind-the-scenes concept art and imagery, which you won’t find anywhere else.

To find out more about LEGO Monkie Kid, you’ll need to get your hands on a copy of Issue 69. Alternatively, check out our subscription deals, which can be started with Issue 69. Subscribers get the magazine early, free copies of the mag, and exclusive entry into our bi-monthly subscribers’ prize draw. Signing up between now and September 1 will put you in the running for 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck.

Issue 69 of Blocks magazine is now available

The latest issue of Blocks is now available to order.

It’s time to take a look at the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series A-wing, with the set getting pride of place on this month’s cover. The in-depth review goes over this long-awaited release, sitting alongside more Star Wars reviews and a look at LEGO Minions.

LEGO Monkie Kid has arrived, developed especially for the Chinese market. Senior Design Director Simon Lucas explains just what that process was like, revealing how far he and the team went to infuse the new action-adventure theme with Chinese culture, before Justin Ramsden details his experience making the Monkey King Warrior Mech. The features are illustrated with never-before-seen concept art and sketch models.

That’s not the only deep dive this month, as Blocks takes a look at collecting rare minifigures. Two of the world’s most knowledgeable minifigure collecting experts reveal just how hardcore the hunt can get as they highlight the real obscurities that are out there.

For those who have wondered why the colours of LEGO parts can vary, this month’s magazine provides the answers. Looking at the production of LEGO bricks over the past two decades, Blocks reveals how changes in the manufacturing process led to inconsistent shades of certain elements.

Mod Squad turns its attention to the Creator Monster Burger Truck, revealing how to take the wacky new set and turn it into a more City-friendly burger truck – or even a monster-themed burger stand. Technique offers building tips on putting together microscale castles, so readers can try out building their own fortresses at a size that fits on a shelf.

There’s always time for a dose of Blockstalgia, with Time Cruisers being the very appropriate theme for this month’s turning back of the clock. As well as remembering everything that was great – and weird – about the short-lived theme, the section unveils an updated version of 6492 Hypno Cruiser with an aesthetic that fits the modern era.

Plenty more can be found within the 116 pages, including Month in MOCs with classic van instructions, Top Ten Battle Packs, Month in LEGO, Ideas Spotlight, Piece Perception, Rebuild Challenge and LUG Spotlight.

There’s a new prize for Blocks magazine subscribers – LEGO Monkie Kid 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck. To be in with a chance of winning, and to get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – check out the money-saving subscription deals available in our online store.

Everyone who subscribes to the print edition by September 1 will be in with a chance of winning (existing subscribers will automatically be entered into the prize draw).

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